Select from our range of trailer jockey wheels, including jockey wheels with swivels, jockey wheels with clamps and heavy-duty jockey wheels suitable for off-road use. Also available are inflatable boat rollers, boat movers, boat trolleys and dinghy mover wheels. We also sell spare parts such as inner tubes for pneumatic wheels, trailer U-bolts with nut, trailer jockey wheel handles, spare nylon jockey wheels, spare pneumatic wheels, spare solid rubber wheels, jockey wheel clamps and swivel clamps.
Choosing the right jockey wheel can mean the difference between a boat that is easy to move around and a pleasure to use and a boat that isn’t. There are a few variables to consider in your choice – the load on the jockey wheel, the material it is made of and the diameters of both the jockey wheel and its sleeve (the vertical metal tube).
If you are replacing your entire jockey wheel assembly, you should start by measuring the height of your existing one from the handle to the bottom of the wheel. If you already have a bracket welded onto your boat trailer that the new jockey wheel assembly needs to fit, you will also need to measure the diameter or outer width of the sleeve (the vertical metal tube). Fitting a new boat trailer jockey wheel should be a reasonably easy task.
Types of Jockey Wheels
A standard or fixed jockey wheel is welded or bolted on to the trailer drawbar. You can adjust the height of the jockey wheel by moving the shaft up and down. The wheel can be either solid or pneumatic. With a ‘swivel bracket’ jockey wheel, you pull a release handle, and the wheel rotates into a horizontal position for travelling. An adjustable swivel bracket allows you to choose whether you remove the wheel, or swivel it into a travel position and adjust the height.
There are two types of wheels on jockey wheels - solid and pneumatic.
Solid – Made from rubber or nylon, solid tyres are best for use on solid ground surfaces like paving and concrete or tightly packed soil.
Pneumatic – These air-filled tyres are designed for loose ground such as beach sand and muddy soil.
You may not be able to swap between solid and pneumatic wheels. If your jockey wheel was supplied with a solid tyre, you might not be able to use a pneumatic wheel on it because they often have a larger diameter than solid wheels.
Jockey Wheel Sleeve
If you are replacing your existing jockey wheel with something similar, measuring the outer sleeve (vertical metal tube) will help decide the new one.
A 34mm sleeve is the smallest available and not usually found on boat trailers because they are too lightweight.
A 42mm sleeve is used on some light, unbraked trailers.
A 48mm sleeve is the most common size for boat trailers.
The 60mm and 63mm sleeves are for heavy-duty boat trailers with a load capacity of 750kg.